Time to Take Back the Toilet (Rebroadcast)

Public bathrooms are noisy, poorly designed, and often nonexistent. What to do?

Trevor Noah Has a Lot to Say

Season 6, Episode 21 On this week’s episode of Freakonomics Radio: Stephen J. Dubner sits down with The Daily Show host Trevor Noah to discuss being born a crime in apartheid South Africa, the subject of Noah’s new memoir. The comedian has a sui generis view of American politics, customs, and obsessions. Plus: who are the most successful […]

Aziz Ansari Needs Another Toothbrush (Rebroadcast)

The comedian, actor -- and now, author -- answers our FREAK-quently Asked Questions

How to Fix a Broken High-Schooler, in Four Easy Steps

The four interventions that worked for one Toronto  program: counseling, tutoring, social activities,  and financial incentives. (Photo: U.S. Department of Education) Our take: maybe the steps aren’t so easy, but a program run out of a Toronto housing project has had great success in turning around kids who were headed for trouble.

Is America’s Education Problem Really Just a Teacher Problem?

If U.S. schoolteachers are indeed “just a little bit below average,” it’s not really their fault. So what should be done about it?

When Willpower Isn’t Enough (Rebroadcast)

Sure, we all want to make good personal decisions, but it doesn’t always work out. That’s where “temptation bundling” comes in.

Fixing the World, Bang-for-the-Buck Edition (Rebroadcast)

A team of economists have been running the numbers on the U.N.’s development goals. They have a different view of how those billions of dollars should be spent.

Why Do People Keep Having Children? (Rebroadcast)

At issue: Even a brutal natural disaster doesn’t diminish our appetite for procreating. This surely means we’re heading toward massive overpopulation, right? Probably not.

How to Save $1 Billion Without Even Trying: A Freakonomics Radio Rebroadcast

Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is a rebroadcast called “How to Save $1 Billion Without Even Trying." (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.)

The gist: Doctors, chefs, and other experts are much more likely than the rest of us to buy store-brand products. What do they know that we don’t? And if we all did like they do, how much fatter might our wallets be?

Aziz Ansari Needs Another Toothbrush

Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is  "Aziz Ansari Needs Another Toothbrush," in which the comedian, actor -- and now, author -- answers our FREAK-quently Asked Questions. (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above. You can also read the transcript, which includes credits for the music you’ll hear in the episode.)

Aziz Ansari is best known for playing Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation, the NBC sitcom starring Amy Poehler. The show was never a huge hit, but it was beloved -- In part because it was smart but also because (IMHO) the show was, at its core, sweet. Although Ansari's Haverford was perhaps the most selfish and hustle-y character on the show – and yet he too was pretty sweet, deep down.